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Thoreau's Economy

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Abstract

By examining Thoreau's living arrangements in Walden Woods, and comparing them with the Farnsworth House, which Mies van der Rowe designed as a rural retreat, and drawing on Thorstein Veblen's economic theory, this essay argues that we spend far more money to assuage our social discomforts than we do on meeting our physical needs.


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Author(s): Ballantyne A

Editor(s): David Ellison and Andrew Leach

Series Editor(s): Eamonn Caniffe

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: On Discomfort: Moments in a Modern History of Architectural Culture

Year: 2017

Pages: 24-35

Print publication date: 14/10/2016

Acceptance date: 02/10/2016

Series Title: Ashgate Studies in Architecture

Publisher: Routledge

Place Published: Oxford, UK

URL: https://www.routledge.com/On-Discomfort-Moments-in-a-Modern-History-of-Architectural-Culture/Ellison-Leach/p/book/9781472455338

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781472455338


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